The F = ma Advanced course introduces the more matured student to physics. All mechanics topics required for the F = ma Exam will be taught from an experienced beginner level. Math topics needed beyond Algebra 2 will be taught, including basic trigonometry.

**The focus will still be on practice and problem solving.**

### Target Competitions

### Target Grades

8-11

### Who should Take This Course

**Course Prerequisites:**

- AMC 10/12 Year-round Basic*
- or AMC 10/12 Summer Camp*
- or Algebra 2 equivalent
- or 1st-year high school physics course
- or AP Physics 1 (or AP Physics C Mechanics)

(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course)

### Exam Weeks

Practice Exams will be given/solved.

### Homework

There are weekly homework sets.

### Resources

Lecture notes and problem solutions will be available on the learning management system (LMS).

### Curriculum

F=ma Advanced is a year-long course with the first half in the fall and the second half in the spring.

Weeks | Fall | Spring |
---|---|---|

1 | Algebra | Work & Energy Part 1 |

2 | Trigonometry | Work & Energy Part 2 |

3 | 1-D Kinematics | Momentum Part 1 |

4 | 2-D Kinematics | Momentum Part 2 |

5 | Dynamics Part 1 | Exam Week |

6 | Dynamics Part 2 | Rotations & Torque Part 1 |

7 | Dynamics Part 3 | Rotations & Torque Part 2 |

8 | Exam Week | Angular Momentum Part 1 |

9 | Circular Motion Part 1 | Angular Momentum Part 2 |

10 | Circular Motion Part 2 | Periodic Motion; Fluids; Error Propagation |

11 | Gravity | Exam Week |

12 | Exam Week | Exam Week |

### High School Analog

AlphaStar Course | High School Analog | Comments |
---|---|---|

F = ma Basic | First-year high school physics course | |

F = ma Advanced | AP Physics 1 without DC Circuits | Though the curriculum is similar, F = ma Advanced problems are more challenging than AP Physics 1 problems. |